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I have a 02 DRZ400S that was converted to supermoto. Right side up forks. The factory manual says to use a "special tool", and tighten the front axle down to 14 foot pounds, tighten the pinch bolts, and then tighten the front axel down to 45 pounds.

What the hell? I don't have the special tool, so I just put the axle in flush, tightened the pinch bolts on that side, tightened the axle to 14 foot pounds, tightened the other pinch bolts, and then tightened the axle to 45 foot pounds. Is this a serviceable way of installing the front wheel?

Secondly, I have talon hubs with spacers on there (speedo is a magnetic one). There is the rotor side spacer, that's stock, no problems. On the speedo side, I have one smaller spacer and one larger one. I didn't notice there were 2 spacers when I pulled it out, but it seems like the smaller one goes on closest to the wheel and the larger one goes on closer to the axle. Is this correct?

Thanks for answering these newb questions, I have no idea why the axle is such a strange setup...I came from streetbikes where the nice axles had built in spacers, this free floating axle thing is very strange to me. :thumbsup:

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Can't help with the spacers, but you don't need the hex tool to reinstall the wheels. I usually reinstall the axle nut and snug it up, then tighten the pinch bolts, and finally torque down the axle nut. Never had a problem using this method.

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Can't help with the spacers, but you don't need the hex tool to reinstall the wheels. I usually reinstall the axle nut and snug it up, then tighten the pinch bolts, and finally torque down the axle nut. Never had a problem using this method.

Ok, thanks. How far does your axle end up being recessed into the fork?

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2 questions:

I have a 02 DRZ400S that was converted to supermoto. Right side up forks. The factory manual says to use a "special tool", and tighten the front axle down to 14 foot pounds, tighten the pinch bolts, and then tighten the front axel down to 45 pounds.

What the hell? I don't have the special tool, so I just put the axle in flush, tightened the pinch bolts on that side, tightened the axle to 14 foot pounds, tightened the other pinch bolts, and then tightened the axle to 45 foot pounds. Is this a serviceable way of installing the front wheel?

Secondly, I have talon hubs with spacers on there (speedo is a magnetic one). There is the rotor side spacer, that's stock, no problems. On the speedo side, I have one smaller spacer and one larger one. I didn't notice there were 2 spacers when I pulled it out, but it seems like the smaller one goes on closest to the wheel and the larger one goes on closer to the axle. Is this correct?

Thanks for answering these newb questions, I have no idea why the axle is such a strange setup...I came from streetbikes where the nice axles had built in spacers, this free floating axle thing is very strange to me. :thumbsup:

Ok,, Bit confused on my part.. I started to answer based on my "guessing" at what you have,, but, thats just silly.

You have a DRZ S that you say has been converted to SM

Your thread title talks about "Early DRZ wheel" all year DRZ (non OEM SM) wheels attached the same way.

You say you have Talon Hubs

And mention you have "Right side up forks" which covers about every make and type fork available from 2003 and before.

Sooo, what forks are on your bike (if you so not know, can you tell us what they were sourced from?)

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Ok,, Bit confused on my part.. I started to answer based on my "guessing" at what you have,, but, thats just silly.

You have a DRZ S that you say has been converted to SM

Your thread title talks about "Early DRZ wheel" all year DRZ (non OEM SM) wheels attached the same way.

You say you have Talon Hubs

And mention you have "Right side up forks" which covers about every make and type fork available from 2003 and before.

Sooo, what forks are on your bike (if you so not know, can you tell us what they were sourced from?)

Sorry, I'm not that familiar with how the DRZs changed over the years.

I have a 2001 DRZ400S, with the stock right side up forks. It has talon hubs/SM wheels, and the speedo drive has been removed. On the speedo drive side of the wheel, there are 2 spacers...one that looks like the spacer on the rotor side, and one that's smaller. I think that the correct order is the smaller one closer to the wheel, and the larger one closer to the fork, as I believe that's the way they came out. I didn't make a note of it in advance because I didn't notice that there were 2 spacers.

I understand how the wheels go together, it's just that with the talon hubs I have no idea how the wheels are supposed to bolt up, and I can't seem to find any recommendations because most people use the stock speedo drive. Looking at the microfiche, it appears that the smaller spacer that's gonna emulate the speedo drive spacer should go closer to the wheel, but I figured it was better to ask and make sure than be sorry.

Advice?

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With the stock front wheel, there is no seal or spacer on the right side. The speedo drive acts as a seal and spacer. Does the talon hub have tabs on it to drive the speedo? If it does, the speedo would need to go right up against it, then my guess is the small spacer would come next if it's used at all. The large spacer will only be used if you're not using the speedo. As far as the order of assembly goes, it probably doesn't matter, but the larger spacer probably has a lip on one side that usually goes against the fork leg.

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With the stock front wheel, there is no seal or spacer on the right side. The speedo drive acts as a seal and spacer. Does the talon hub have tabs on it to drive the speedo? If it does, the speedo would need to go right up against it, then my guess is the small spacer would come next if it's used at all. The large spacer will only be used if you're not using the speedo. As far as the order of assembly goes, it probably doesn't matter, but the larger spacer probably has a lip on one side that usually goes against the fork leg.

Ok, thanks. That was my assumption, based off of the other side, but I figured I better ask just to be sure. Nothing like the front wheel somehow falling off or something to make your day better. :thumbsup:

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